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First Aid Kit? Oh yes there’s more… Keep reading!

In my last post I spoke about what ready-made First Aid kits commonly contain.

Personally, I’m not a huge fan of buying ready-made First Aid kits as I feel there is a lot in there that I, as the average traveller do not need/use.


Here is a list of the items that I feel are essentials as part of a home-made First Aid kit.

Plasters/Band-aids – Yes number 1 on the list, in various shapes and sizes, you never know when you will need these, so it’s best to have at least a small number.

Sterile dressing – This is for the extra cautious traveller, maybe bring the odd one or two only, unless you’re planning to take part in some seriously hazardous work.

Micropore tape – To accompany the dressing

Scissors – In case you need to cut the dressing to size.

Bandage – Again for the more cautious traveller, a just in case item,

Safety pins – These can be used for fastening the bandage in place or even for various other problems, for example, a wardrobe malfunction, if you found yourself in the position where you ripped something, a safety pin can be a good short-term solution.

Antiseptic wipes/gel – It’s up to you what you prefer but you should have at least one or the other.

Condoms – Before you tell me this is not something to put in a first aid kit, we are talking about health and safety, and we want to make sure you are safe in all definitions of the word during your holiday. Don’t forget these.

These items are just some of the essentials, you may have others too but hold up, there’s still more. In my next post I will be talking about the medication that you should keep with you in your First Aid Kit.

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Travellers… You need a first aid kit!!!

With my next exciting adventure on the horizon, I have now started to think about what supplies I’ll need to take with me. One of these supplies will be a First Aid Kit, but there is so much to think about.

Whilst out exploring, whether it be in Asia, America, Europe or some other wonderous land, there is a chance that you may take a tumble, resulting in bumps and bruises. To help heal these boo boos, you want to make sure you have supplies, things that get you back to full power, A.K.A a First Aid Kit.

You’re probably thinking, “I’m invincible, I can handle anything”. To this all I can say is there is no harm in being prepared.

Lets begin… There are several ready-made First Aid Kits on the market. These kits range in size and price, typically containing plasters/band-aids, bandages, gauze, sterile dressings, micropore tape, antiseptic wipes, tweezers, scissors, insect bite (antihistamine) cream, saline, and paracetamol (painkiller). 

This is all good and well for those of you who want something ready made, but one thing to bear in mind is that these kits are often expensive, and a lot of the items go to waste. Don’t get me wrong these kits are good for those who are going off the grid… are you planning to disappear? Some adventures do take you off the beaten path… Yes in this case you may find one of these kits useful, well maybe one of the more comprehensive kits.

Let me tell you what my favourite part of these kits is… any guesses? My favourite part is the bag/pouch that these supplies come in… Later I’ll tell you what I would take with me.